Officer Jeffrey Kocab
31 year old Officer Jeffrey Kocab had nearly 14 months as a Tampa Police Officer. He was married and his wife was nine months pregnant. He served with the Plant City Police Department prior to being hired by Tampa Police. Officer Kocab moved through TPD’s training program at an accelerated pace because of his outstanding police skills. He was anticipating the birth of his first child next week.
June 29, 2010 at 2:15 a.m., Officer David Curtis attempted to pull over a vehicle at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and 50th Street. The car had no license plate. The vehicle eventually pulled over at 50th Street and 23rd Avenue. Officer Curtis determined the passenger was wanted on a worthless check warrant out of Jacksonville. He called for backup and Officer Jeffrey Kocab arrived. Together they approached the suspect’s vehicle on the passenger side.
The next communication came from a citizen calling 911 to report two officers were shot. The first responding officers found Officer Curtis and Officer Kocab on the ground and immediately began CPR. Paramedics transported both officers to Tampa General Hospital. Officer Kocab was pronounced dead shortly after arrival to the hospital. Doctors put Officer Curtis on life support. He was pronounced dead later in the morning.
At the time of the shooting, both officers were assigned to uniform patrol squad 306.
Precinct Pizza will match donations made through our store up to a $500.00 per month. We have a condolence box at our counter in our store, or you can send your gift to:
Make Checks Payable To:
Curtis/Kocab Memorial Fund
The Tampa Police Memorial Committee
P.O. Box 172995
Tampa, FL 33672
Precinct Pizza feels the pain that many have felt through the Tampa Bay area. These Officers were not just symbols of Heroism, but they were our customers, & friends as well. Many Police Officers dine at Precinct Pizza, & we have come to know many of them well.